Last week marked the one year anniversary of the Young Carers in Schools programme, which is run by the Carers Trust and The Children’s Society and aims to enable schools to identify and support young carers more effectively. To mark the one year anniversary, the programme organisers have shared findings from a survey of schools taking part in the programme. More than three quarters of schools surveyed reported a reduction in lateness along with improved attendance. 91% of schools said that the support they now provide has had a positive impact on young carers’ achievements at the school. Student well-being also improved for young carers in 95% of schools that had participated in the programme.
Furthermore, almost 500 carers (including in primary schools) who were previously unknown to school staff were discovered in just 35 of the schools taking part in the programme – an average of 15 per school. If these numbers were reflected nationally, there could be thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of young carers hidden within the school system.